Incredible Celebrity Transformations
Debra DiGiovanni
Weight Lost: 30lbs
Name: Debra DiGiovanni
Birthdate: Mar 21, 1972 (45 Years Old)
Starting Weight: 270lbs Current Weight: 240lbs
Diet: Low Calorie Favorite Diet Foods: Veggie Wraps
Exercises: Cardio, Walking
Famous For: Last Comic Standing, Canadian Idol, Match Game
Name: Debra DiGiovanni
Birthdate: Mar 21, 1972 (45 Years Old)
Starting Weight: 270lbs Current Weight: 240lbs
Diet: Low Calorie Favorite Diet Foods: Veggie Wraps
Exercises: Cardio, Walking
Famous For: Last Comic Standing, Canadian Idol, Match Game
Debra DiGiovanni
Weight Lost: 30lbs
Name: Debra DiGiovanni
Birthdate: Mar 21, 1972 (45 Years Old)
Diet: Low Calorie
Favorite Diet Foods: Veggie Wraps
Exercises: Cardio, Walking

Debra DiGiovanni got her start in comedy back in 2000, and quickly rose through the ranks of the stand-up comedy scene in Canada. After winning the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, she started to get more recognition and eventually made her way to “Last Comic Standing” and many other television shows. Like many heavyset comedians, DiGiovanni hasn’t been too afraid to poke fun at her own weight. She’s even joked that “Who needs a boyfriend when there’s Nutella?”

When she started to receive recognition around the world, DiGiovanni was asked about her weight. She said “Do I have plans to lose 100 pounds? Yes, but there’s not going to be any Star Jones activity,” saying that she wouldn’t undergo gastric bypass surgery. At the time, the 5’6” DiGiovanni was estimated to be around 270 pounds. Over the next few years, though, it didn’t seem that DiGiovanni had stuck to her major weight loss plans.

DiGiovanni said that she has no problem being called overweight, but didn’t want to hear other adjectives like “plump” or “husky”, because as she said, “I won’t be pulling your sled.” DiGiovanni went to her doctor after realizing that she was very out of shape while performing and had her health checked. At the time, DiGiovanni was sweating just from standing and found out that her body fat was at 50 percent. “That’s not good,” she said. “That makes me cream.” Her doctor also said to live each day like it’s her last, to which she said “But that’s not good advice for a heavy girl, because if I’m going to die tomorrow, I’m going to eat KFC skins with icing.”

DiGiovanni had said at the time that she’s tried multiple diets, including the cabbage soup diet where she would eat it for two meals per day. “You may lose a lot of weight, but you also lose all of your friends,” she said. She joked that she was hoping to lose weight via a tapeworm, but thankfully decided against it.

DiGiovanni watched her comedian friend Darcy Michael lose a significant amount of weight and said “There’s nothing better than someone who’s struggled with their weight who kind of conquers it. Someone who has a metabolism the speed of light who just eats chips you’re like ‘F***, I hate that person.’ But someone who gets his s*** together through his own doing and exercises and deals with having celiac (disease), there’s something joyous about that. You can’t be mad at someone who works really hard and gets results.”

That, along with hearing her high body fat percentage from her doctor, allowed DiGiovanni to get some motivation to lose weight. Adding in some cardio work, DiGiovanni found some early success in her weight loss. Though not as dramatic as her comedian friend’s, it was still noticeable that DiGiovanni was a bit slimmer than before. Being on the road so much, DiGiovanni also said that she wasn’t eating as much, which was able to help her shed weight.
It was estimated that DiGiovanni would end up losing around 30 pounds, bringing her down to a more manageable 240 pounds. She’ll admit that she still has weight to lose, but isn’t in a hurry to get slim and fit some of the mold that the entertainment industry has set. She credits other famous comedians for helping her achieve her goals. “God bless Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson,” she said. “Thanks to them I’m a type now. Since these two fabulous women have been making way, there is part of my brain that knows my (weight) difference will not be the death of my career.”

Being based in Los Angeles now, DiGiovanni says that she doesn’t see many overweight people walking around the street. “I saw one person my size…and of course I befriended that person immediately,” she joked. She’s still trying to eat healthy and add in more exercise, making the weight loss a slower and healthier process than the crash diets that we’re used to seeing from entertainers.

On her social media accounts, DiGiovanni will talk about the times when she’s eating healthy, opting for veggie wraps and lean meat. It’s a work in progress, and DiGiovanni knows how difficult it can be to stick to a successful diet. If she keeps at it, there’s no doubt that her weight loss will continue, and even the whole dieting process can provide her with plenty of new material! It’s worked for plenty of other comedians that were able to successfully lose weight.